Extension of Cardiopulmonary Bypass Outside the Operating Room as A Short-Term Bridge to Recovery “The Poor Man’s ECMO”

Indian J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Jan;37(1):108-111

This report describes the use of conventional cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit beyond the operating room to the critical care unit to provide cardiopulmonary support for patients requiring emergent resuscitation as well as short-term support for rest and recovery of the heart. We modified the CPB circuit and created a closed extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) circuit using a conventional oxygenator excluding the venous reservoir. We believe that this technique provides a short-term mechanical support and also acts as a bridge to recovery, or a bridge to decision, in very limited resource settings.